Fake die proofs exposed at seminar

It was these three die proofs submitted to the VGG that the expertizing committee uncovered them as forgeries. See pages 16-17 for slides of a recent presentation made at the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show, revealing why the die proofs are fakes.

A recent alert was issued to hobbyists, dealers, and auction firms by the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation (VGG) in Toronto about a variety of bogus proof images of Canadian stamps being sold on eBay and Facebook Marketplace. The VGG’s Ted Nixon, head of the foundation’s expertizing committee, along with foundation President Garfield Portch,... Continue reading →

BNAPEX ‘fantastically’ fun despite major storm

The Nova Scotia Stamp Club and the British North America Philatelic Society’s Atlantic Regional Group hosted BNAPEX 2023 on Sept. 15-17 with 47 competitive exhibits, more than a dozen dealers plus nearly 20 seminars.

The world’s most prominent British North America (BNA) collectors descended on Greater Halifax this September for BNAPEX 2023. Standing tall against inclement weather, including heavy rain, strong winds and power outages amid the post-tropical storm Lee, the three-day show show drew attendees from many parts of the world beyond Canada, including the United States, Argentina,... Continue reading →

Canada Post honours three remarkable women

Family and friends of Léa Robak, Madeleine Parent, and Simonne Monet-Chartrand at a Montreal ceremony to celebrate Canada Post’s latest stamps honouring the legacy and lasting influence of three Quebec feminists. Photo courtesy of Pinpoint Photograph.

Three stamps honouring Quebec feminists were unveiled Aug. 28 by Canada Post. The packed ceremony was held in Montreal and attended by family members, friends, and supporters, all of whom clearly admired what these unassuming giants of Canadian history accomplished in the name of justice and equality. The stamps honour Léa Roback, Madeleine Parent, and... Continue reading →

Brigham, Lundeen sales prompt heated bidding

With a pre-sale estimate of $150,000, the famous “Dale-Lichtenstein” mint block of Canada’s 1851 three-penny beaver fetched $425,000 hammer.

Electrifying is how the chief describer at Eastern Auctions sums up the bidding at part two of the Brigham and Lundeen sales. “We are still startled over what happened during this two-day auction,” says Yohann Tanguay. “It took more than nine hours to call a total of 295 lots, where many of the lots took... Continue reading →

Wonder Woman’s battles not limited to comic books

A cover features a cancel from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., dated Dec. 9, 2016, with a postmark from the Supercon Station, a temporary postal station set up at the Paradise City Comic Con.

The same polygamist psychologist who invented the polygraph, or lie detector, created Wonder Woman. Perhaps Dr. Moulton Marston had been inspired to create the superhero by one, or more, of the women in his life. In his Stamp Talks this April, Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) member Derwin Mak speculates at length that Marston... Continue reading →

Lundeen Admiral sale includes ‘impressive’ war tax selection

This is the three-cents section of Lot 612, described as ‘one of the key sets of the entire Admiral series and the rarest imperforates in Canadian philately.’ It has a pre-sale catalogue value of $67,500-plus.

Eastern Auctions’ second instalment of the Glen Lundeen Admiral collection “offers another dazzling array of proofs and, especially, plate multiples.” “Once again, the war tax section is very impressive,” adds Yohann Tanguay, Eastern’s chief describer. “As a group, these are very rarely seen and many have not been seen in decades.” The 137-lot Glen Lundeen... Continue reading →

Three-penny beaver block stars in sale of Brigham collection

Lot 1 features the famous “Dale-Lichtenstein” mint block of Canada’s 1851 three-penny beaver. It has a pre-sale estimate of $150,000-plus.

Eastern Auctions’ Part II of the Ron Brigham Estate Province of Canada auction on Aug. 19 features many rarities and material that hasn’t “surfaced” at auction for more than 40 years. “Many of these have not surfaced at auction since the 1980s, to our surprise more than 40 years ago,” says Yohann Tanguay, Eastern’s chief... Continue reading →

‘Eastern hospitality,’ lobster and philately on tap for BNAPEX

Visit bnaps.org and click on BNAPEX news for all the details on this September’s convention in Halifax, N.S.

People heading to Halifax, N.S. this September for BNAPEX, the annual convention of the British North America Philatelic Society, can expect to receive “an abundance of Eastern hospitality.” That’s the commitment of this year’s co-chairs: Gary Steele, George Lafontaine and Jeff Parks. All three are members of the Nova Scotia Stamp Club, which is co-hosting... Continue reading →

Hobby gaining steam in Canada, RPSC reports

More than 70 members of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada attended its June 11 virtual annual general meeting.

Philately in Canada is gaining momentum with new collectors embracing the hobby, as observed at the June 11 annual general meeting of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC). “I’ve been noticing over the last several months I am getting quite a few new customers,” dealer Christopher McFetridge said as he shared his “observation” during... Continue reading →

New books dig deep into Quebec postal history

Cimon Morin holds volume two of La poste coloniale au Québec, 1763-1851.

Two books meticulously documenting the history of the Quebec postal service are now available through the Société d’histoire postale du Québec (SHPQ). They are written by Cimon Morin, who worked for 30 years as manager of the Canadian Postal Archives. The first of these books is focused on the post offices that were established along the... Continue reading →

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